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San Francisco 2009 Cherry Blossom Parade.

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April 19, 2009

If I'm Smart
Sunday. As the photograph says I made it to the Cherry Blossom parade this morning, too early as it happens as I crapped out after shooting for about an hour, leaving well before the parade participants had begun to arrive to climb up on the assembled floats parked in front of San Francisco City Hall. That's alright, any start is a good start.

There's a costume contest of some kind that's held before the Cherry Blossom parade forms and those are the photographs I got today. A Star Wars, Ninja swordsman, Samurai, Manga sort of costume contest consisting primarily of geeky youngsters in elaborate (one assumes home made) dress ranging from Star Troopers to the god awful exotic. It's a big deal and a lot of people show up. I suspect there's only so many things I can do with geeky high school age youngsters in costume and I've probably run my course.

Still, the day has started well: breakfast at the usual place, a drive downtown to find a parking space, a BART ride to the City Center and a short walk to the lawn in front of San Francisco City Hall. That was a little wearing in and of itself. An hour walking about taking pictures under a bright overly warm sun before I realized I was done and needed to leave. Home now considering a nap. I really do need a nap.

Later. A less than hour's nap later, hungry but thinking this sour stomach is in no mood for solid food. I'd made a run by Safeway after breakfast and picked up two six packs of liquid diet supplement. Adds the calories you need without doing much for the hunger for more than about ten minutes. Still, no complaints. The head a little clearer, ambition zero, but something accomplished this morning. And tomorrow morning. And the morning after, if I'm smart.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco 2009 Cherry Blossom Parade today with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/1250 second, f 2.8, ISO 200.